Campaigning news

On this page you will find the latest RNIB campaigning news by topic or region. Keep up to date with the latest issues by subscribing to our campaign update enewsletter.

On my street

  • Sunderland campaigner secures promise for new pedestrian crossing

    A local campaigner in Sunderland has taken action to highlight the need for a new pedestrian crossing near her home. Following her work with our Regional Campaigns Officer, Sunderland City Council have now approved a new crossing.

  • A-board action

    Over the next few weeks we want to collect evidence of big national chains who block pavements with A-boards – we want to challenge the top ten worst offenders and to do this we need your help!

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Retail and Leisure

  • Beacon of hope

    Milton Keynes Volunteer Campaign Coordinator and RNIB Connect team member, Padma Cheriyan has been campaigning for a navigation system at her local shopping centre, Centre MK.

  • Retail challenge in Leeds

    Volunteer Campaign Coordinators Charlotte Proctor and Ann Kohler have been working with young people from the National Citizenship Service to raise awareness of the barriers people with sight loss face when shopping independently.

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Accessible information

  • “Book famine” treaty coming into force

    On 30 June 2016, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty should allow for thousands more accessible books to be available to blind and partially sighted people, both in the UK and elsewhere. Canada’s ratification on 30 June therefore means the Marrakech Treaty will come into force on 30 September 2016.

  • Writing to your MP?

    A new scheme makes it easier for blind and partially sighted people to write to – and receive replies from – their MPs.

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Transport campaigning

  • Photo of Kingston bus stop consultation event

    Don't bypass us

    Richard Holmes, our Regional Campaigns Officer for London, and volunteer campaigner Elise Crayton, attended a consultation event for a new bus stop bypass in Kingston on 27 July. The borough is proposing the change as part of a major re-development of public areas in Kingston.

  • Go North East goes all out for blind and partially sighted passengers

    On 30 June, campaigners from the North East celebrated Go North East signing up to our bus charter by holding a Campaign Connect event at Go North East's bus depot in Gateshead.

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Education campaigning

  • Challenging planned cuts to services for children in Manchester

    Lucy Dixon, our Regional Campaigns Manager, has challenged Manchester City Council’s recent proposals to cut services for blind and partially sighted children, at a meeting with parents and other stakeholders on Wednesday 13 July.

  • Disabled Student Allowance consultation

    The Government has suggested changes to the way Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is awarded, they want Higher Education providers to be responsible for providing more support directly. We are concerned that some blind and partially sighted students may not receive the level or quality of support that they need.

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Employment campaigns

  • Money

    New Work and Pensions Secretary promises 'no plans' for further welfare cuts

    We were really pleased to hear on 21 March that the government has chosen not to proceed with any of the proposed changes to PIP. On top of this, Stephen Crabb MP told Parliament, that ‘we have no further plans to make welfare savings’. Find out more about the announcement.

  • Victory in defending PIP for people with sight loss!

    We’re absolutely thrilled that the Government has withdrawn its proposals to reduce PIP entitlement by changing the rules on the use of aids and appliances. This is fantastic news, thank you so much to everyone who took action on the campaign.

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Protecting welfare support

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Eye health campaigning

  • Invite your MP to our event in Parliament

    On 22 November 2016, we’ll be holding an event in Parliament to speak to MPs about cancelled and delayed follow-up appointments at the eye clinic. Please take our quick action to invite your MP!

  • We agree Mr Hunt, but cataract surgery is still restricted across England

    We welcome the comments from the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt on 10 August 2016 that any patient who needs cataract surgery should get it without delay and that the access to surgery should be based on the best interests of patients. But unfortunately, this just isn't happening.

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Sight loss advisers

  • Tracey Wilson with Ben Bradshaw

    Exeter MP visits vital sight loss adviser service

    Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, met the sight loss adviser at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 6 April, to learn about her vital role for people experiencing sight loss.

  • MP visits Torbay's sight loss adviser

    Torbay MP, Kevin Foster, visited the sight loss adviser at Torbay Hospital on 12 February to learn more about the vital role of a sight loss adviser.

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Social care

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Envision network

  • Young campaigners visit Parliament

    Last month, members of Envision had a rare opportunity to visit Parliament. The event followed on from a day’s training on campaign skills, the role of Parliament and influencing MPs. Members also worked together to further develop their employment campaign.

  • Sign up for exciting young campaigns network training event

    Are you 18-30 and blind or partially sighted? Sign up to join RNIB's young campaigns network's training day on access to employment and campaigning skills by 7 September.

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Other campaigning

  • We’ve got something exciting to tell you

    Earlier this year, we launched RNIB Connect, a growing community of blind and partially sighted people, their friends, family, carers and supporters of issues facing people with sight loss.

  • Child reading braille

    Bristol Water commit to accessible ID badges

    Following a local campaign, utility company Bristol Water has agreed to include information on their staff identity badges in Braille.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

  • GP visual awareness training in East Midlands

    Our East Midlands Regional Campaigns Officer, Claire Lawrence, recently ran visual awareness training sessions for over 50 GPs, medical students and Senior Nursing staff from across the region.

  • Easy Link Bus service launches in Nottingham

    Nottingham City Council have replaced their Dial a Ride bus service with a newer and more efficient Easy Link Bus service for disabled people to use throughout Nottingham City.

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • Judd Street superhighway update

    Our Regional Campaigns Officer for London, Richard Holmes, and Trustee Ellie Southwood, recently met with Deputy London Mayor Val Shawcross to discuss the north south Cycle Superhighway which is planned to run past our London office on Judd Street.

  • Photo of Kingston bus stop consultation event

    Don't bypass us

    Richard Holmes, our Regional Campaigns Officer for London, and volunteer campaigner Elise Crayton, attended a consultation event for a new bus stop bypass in Kingston on 27 July. The borough is proposing the change as part of a major re-development of public areas in Kingston.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Promoting vision rehabilitation in the North West

    On Friday 22 July, we met the Cheshire West and Chester Council sensory loss team to discuss vision rehabilitation support as part of our see, plan and provide campaign.

  • Training Optometrists

    Cataract surgery could be at risk across St Helens

    St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Merseyside (the local organisation who makes decisions about health services) is suspending non-urgent referrals to hospitals for four months, which impacts cataract surgery.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

  • Reading shared space scheme a real turn off

    Reading Council have been changing junctions in the town which includes permanently switching off traffic lights. Find out more about what's happened to stop this.

  • Brighton bus accessibility day celebrating our Bus Charter

    Campaigners from across London and the south east joined members of the public in Brighton for a Bus Accessibility Day on 19 May to celebrate Brighton and Hove Buses and their sister company Metro Buses, signing up to our bus charter.

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

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West midlands

Campaigning news from the West midlands 

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Yorkshire and humber

Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • “Book famine” treaty coming into force

    On 30 June 2016, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty should allow for thousands more accessible books to be available to blind and partially sighted people, both in the UK and elsewhere. Canada’s ratification on 30 June therefore means the Marrakech Treaty will come into force on 30 September 2016.

  • New EU law to make websites and apps more accessible

    We thrilled to announce that on 3 May, Members of the European Parliament reached a ground-breaking political deal with governments across Europe to ensure that all public sector websites and apps are made accessible.

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